The devil thought he was defeating Christ, but Christ was reconciling us to God, defeating the devil and delivering us out of his clutches.
Here is one of the most wonderful things about the cross. Here is one of the most glorious reasons for glorying in the cross. Here Christ defeated our ultimate enemy, the devil, the one who originally brought man and the universe down. He was cast out, he was defeated. He has been put in chains. And finally, he is going to be completely and utterly destroyed. He will be cast into the lake of fire with the beasts and all the false prophets. And he will have no more power.
~ from “That He Might Destroy The Works Of The Devil” by Martyn Lloyd-Jones in Jesus, Keep Me Near The Cross: Experiencing The Passion and Power of Easter, edited by Nancy Guthrie, pp. 78-79.
O Word, supreme in love,
Who with the Father and the Spirit
hast created all things visible and invisible
in Thy wisdom past speech,
grant in Thy compassion
that we may spend the season
of the joyful Fast in profound peace.
Destroy the beguilement of bitter sin,
granting us contrition,
tears of healing and forgiveness of our trespasses,
that fasting with a fervent spirit and undoubting soul,
we may join the angels to sing the praises of Thy power.
from the Eastern Orthodox church (source: Churchyear.net)
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, and from the words of my groaning? (Psalm 22:1)
LORD, I look to you for help; please come soon and intervene in my circumstances.
O my God, I cry in the daytime, but you do not hear; and in the night season, and am not silent. (Psalm 22:2)
Father, I cry out to you day and night; have mercy on me.
But you are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel. (Psalm 22:3)
Jesus, please help us to praise you more and more, and come and visit us when we praise you.
Our fathers trusted in you; they trusted, and you delivered them. (Psalm 22:4)
Holy Spirit, please restore the Episcopal Church to a life of trusting the Father and his good purposes for us.
They cried to you, and were delivered; they trusted in you, and were not ashamed. (Psalm 22:5)
Jesus, please bring us to a new level of trust in you. Move throughout the Episcopal Church and help us all turn to you in our need. Thank you.
A word received: Pray for my people.
A word received: I AM here among you. Look to me, keep your eyes on me.
Wednesday: 119:145-176; Jeremiah 25:30-38; Romans 10:14-21; John 10:1-18
Thursday: 131, 132, ; Jeremiah 26:1-16; Romans 11:1-12; John 10:19-42